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Celebrating Cancer Survivorship: A Triumph of Strength and Support

                                On April 25th at 11AM, the Alamosa Family Recreation Center hosted the celebration, resilience, camaraderie, and triumphs of cancer survivors participating in the Larry Holder Exercise and Cancer Survivorship program. This event marks not only the culmination of a transformative 10-week journey towards fitness, but also the beginning of a new chapter filled with hope, empowerment, and continued wellness.

               The Larry Holder Exercise and Cancer Survivorship program is a beacon of support and empowerment for cancer survivors in our community. Offering an exercise program conducted in a group setting, participants have the opportunity to embark on a journey of physical fitness, mental well-being, and social connection. Meeting three times per week for 10 weeks, this program provides a safe and nurturing environment where survivors can work towards fitness goals in a judgement-free zone.


              At the heart of this program lies the dedication and expertise of the Adams State University Department of Kinesiology. The team including graduate student Nico Alvarez, Alexandria Miles and Abigail Adiong, who played a vital role in guiding and supporting program participants throughout their exercise journey. From baseline fitness testing to personalized exercise plans, these students gain valuable hands-on experience while contributing to the well-being of cancer survivors in our community.

               Beyond individual fitness goals, the Larry Holder program also serves as a platform for important research on the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors. Led by Dr. Tracey Robinson of Kinesiology at Adams State University, the ongoing research explores the changes in fitness and quality of life of participants using various types of exercises. This commitment to research not only enhances the understanding of cancer survivorship but also educates the participants on the benefits of regular exercise. Central to the success of the Larry Holder program is the unwavering support from the SLV Health Foundation. Through local funding, including the Larry Holder Memorial Golf Tournament, the SLV Health Foundation ensures that this vital program continues to thrive and expand its reach within our community. This support is a testament to the Foundation's dedication to improving the lives of cancer survivors and their families.

               Regardless of gender, type, or stage of cancer, all cancer survivors ages 18 and older are welcome to participate in the Larry Holder Exercise and Cancer Survivorship program, with the next session beginning in August 2024! By providing a comprehensive exercise program that combines a resistance training and cardio training, participants not only improve their physical fitness but also cultivate a sense of empowerment and resilience.


              As participants, friends and loved ones celebrated the achievement of surviving cancer, also acknowledged was the impact of community support and solidarity. Each participant was gifted a goodie bag, and certificate honoring the strength, courage, and resilience of their journey. Congratulations to all participants of the Larry Holder Exercise and Cancer Survivorship program. Your journey is an inspiration to us all, and we look forward to celebrating your continued success and well-being. If you would like to donate or for more information, please visit!